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Scaly-naped Pigeon in Barbados
Scaly-naped Pigeon in Barbados

The Scaly-naped Pigeon (Patagioenas squamosa), also known as the Red-necked Pigeon, is a bird belonging to the family Columbidae. The species occurs throughout the Caribbean, except for Jamaica and the Bahamas.

Scaly-naped Pigeon

The Scaly-naped Pigeon is a large slate grey pigeon (14–16 inches), with maroon colored plumage around the neck. The plumage on the species’ nape appears scaly, explaining both the common and scientific names of the species. There is a bare patch of skin which surrounds the birds red eyes; this patch tends to be reddish in males and more yellow in females. The legs and the base of the bill of the species are red, while the remainder of the bill is light colored. [Wikipedia]

Scaly-naped Pigeon

The Scaly-naped Pigeon is common throughout a variety of forested habitats at most elevations. It is generally most common in intact primary lowland and montane forest, but can be seen along a variety of forest edge and secondary forest types. Movements of this species are poorly understood, but extralimital records from the Florida keys suggest at least some movement. [Neotropical Birds]

2 comments on “Scaly-naped Pigeon

  1. rugby843 says:

    Bad choice of name, but he probably doesn’t mind.😉


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